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Living Responsibly
We want to ensure we leave the world a better place for communities of the future. We strive to foster a culture that encourages diversity and inclusion and protects individuals’ basic human and civil rights. Our caring and innovative spirit extends to the world we live in. Southwest promotes responsible practices, including fuel conservation and recycling, to preserve natural resources.
We are championing communities the Southwest Way.
  • One of America's Greenest Companies
    Newsweek (2010)
  • $3M+ annually
    Invested in Employee volunteer service
  • 100 domestic
    Cities across the nation
Diversity and Inclusion
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Environmental Initiatives
  • Repurposing
Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity & Inclusion has always been important to the Heart of Southwest. We champion an inclusive Culture valuing the unique perspectives of all.

We’re proud that 82 percent of Employees who took our 2016 Employee survey reported that Southwest created an environment where People of diverse backgrounds can succeed. To continue to grow our understanding, we participate in International Women’s Day, with conversation and learning opportunities at our Dallas Headquarters. We also hold Power of Inclusion Lunch-N-Learn events for Employees almost every month.

  • White House Initiative
    on Educational Excellence for Hispanics
  • Scored 100% for three consecutive years
    in the Human rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index and named a "Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality"
Environmental Initiatives

Southwest wants to do its part to protect our communities and make the world a better place for future generations by respecting and valuing our resources.

With each flight Southwest operates, we take to heart our commitment of Living Responsibly and reducing our environmental impact. Through continuous improvement, a Warrior Spirit, and a Servant’s Heart, we renew that commitment every day, in the air and on the ground.




  • 4,100 in 2015
    Tons of waste recycled from operations
  • 29% 2015 vs. 2005
    Improved jet fuel efficiency on a revenue ton miles (RTMs) per gallon basis
  • Over 75% in 2015
    Of our hazardous waste managed through recycling or burning for energy recovery, approximately 19 tons.

At Southwest, we repurpose a variety of materials and items. Through our collaborative efforts with diverse community organizations around the country, we work to repurpose leather seat covers and clothing, as well as other items like blankets, life vests, and even aircraft engines and parts. By extending the lifecycle of these items, we can reduce landfill waste, while also providing social and economic impact opportunities in our communities.

  • 26,688ft2 in 2015
    Of vinyl and 24 billboards recycled to make new products
Blog posts about Living Responsibly
‎02-28-2020 08:59 AM

Southwest Airlines is proud to support organizations that empower local communities to thrive, like the Atlanta Business League (A...

Employee ‎10-23-2019 11:38 AM

Preparedness is key when it comes to disaster response. When emergency situations occur, you want to make sure you’re ready. With ...

Employee ‎09-27-2019 12:36 PM

Since 2016, Customers onboard a Southwest flight have enjoyed the great taste of Community® Signature Blend coffee—made with four ...

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